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Light and Matter

June 21, 2016

UW-Madison engineers helped reveal the answer to a quantum-mechanical mystery based on measurements of the behavior of electrons on unprecedentedly small time-scales.

microbiome bacteria

June 14, 2016

Since the 17th century, when Antonie van  Leeuwenhoek first observed microorganisms through the lens of a rudimentary microscope, humans have slowly come to appreciate that ours is a germy world.


June 03, 2016

If you drive — or even if you don't — fuel prices are probably on your mind.

But paying more at the pump isn't the only thing people are concerned about; they're also increasingly aware that relying on gasoline is terrible for the planet.

Vatsan Raman

June 02, 2016

Vatsan Raman, a CALS assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of two University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists selected to receive a 2016 Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 

National Wind Competition

May 28, 2016

What if the power of the wind could help villagers in rural India stay in touch via cellphone?

That was the goal of a wind turbine designed by a team of UW-Madison students and presented this week in a national contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fifteen students created a turbine prototype with blades in a double-helix shape, like DNA.

Stretchy Circuit

May 27, 2016

The consumer marketplace is flooded with a lively assortment of smart wearable electronics that do everything from monitor vital signs, fitness or sun exposure to play music, charge other electronics or even purify the air around you — all wirelessly.

Johnson Controls

May 26, 2016

Research to Enhance the Performance of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Start-Stop Vehicles

Becca Fahney

May 20, 2016

Rebecca (Becca) Fahney graduated from UW–Madison in the Fall of 2015. For the past two and a half years, Becca has performed education and outreach on behalf of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), first as a student, then as a temporary staff member.

May 17, 2016

MADISON, Wis. - Looking around Mike Lobenstein's home on the days he babysits requires a quick eye to keep up with the blur that is his 3-year-old grandson, Griffin.They'd just gotten back from a walk, Lobenstein said. Griffin was at the kitchen table waiting for juice, and a camera battery that they had used was plugged in less than 2 feet from the 3-year-old's legs.

May 16, 2016

SOLDIER’S GROVE, Wis. — Students in Lisa Andresen’s science class are taking a hands-on approach to learning about renewable energy.